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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 18, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan, warming up in the studio for his radio address, didn’t know he was connected to the press room when he made this ad-lib in what he thought was a totally dead mike: “My fellow Americans. I’ve talked to you on a number of occasions about the economic problems and opportunities our nation faces. And I am prepared to tell you, it’s a hell of a mess.”

The Soviet Union says that President Reagan’s planned deployment of the new MX missile would violate basic provisions of strategic arms agreements and if they were carried out, Moscow would strengthen its own defenses. “Washington cannot but know that this runs counter to one of the central provisions of the SALT 1 and SALT II accords: an obligation not to create additional silos for intercontinental missiles.”

On “Meet The Press” - Martin Feidstein, chairman of the Council for Economic Advisers forecasts a deficit between $150 and $200 billion in fiscal 1984 and urged cutbacks in government spending. The projected deficit would be the largest ever.

President Reagan announces his support for a 5 cents-per-gallon tax to help pay for repair of U.S. highways. That would average to $30 a year for the average motorist.

The Hawaiian Islands are battered by their first hurricane in 23 years as Iowa carried gusts up to 110 mph. One sailor died and others are injured as the guided missile destroyer “Goldsborough” steamed out of Pearl Harbor in the storm.    

The Federal Reserve cuts the basic lending rate to 9% from 9.5% - a four year low.

Johnson & Johnson begins a $50 million dollar newspaper blitz, containing a $2.50 coupon toward the purchase of any kind of Tylenol. It’s an action intended to boost sales of the ailing pain reliever after the cyanide scare in Chicago, which killed seven persons.  

The state of Texas bands the sale of “Rock and Roll” brand beer. Each can displays a picture of fictitious Johnny Longshot proclaiming “I sold my soul for Rock & Roll.” The commission says the claim can’t be proven.

The Boston Herald American reports that Senator Edward Kennedy and wife Joan are in the process of obtaining a divorce, agreeing on a final divorce settlement of under which she would receive $4 million.

The last department store in downtown Detroit, The J.L Hudson Store - will shutdown in January. The 25 story, block-square brick building has been a part of the area for almost 50 years.


Sports news - November 18, 1982

 USC’s John Robinson quits as football coach. Ted Tollner is named to take his place...

Quarterback Kenny Stabler hits 13 of 18 passes, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 27-17 victory over Kansas City. The Saints now have two wins and one loss for the interrupted season...

Cal Ripkin Jr. of the Orioles is named American League rookie of the year by the Baseball Writers Assn of America. He batted a .264 with 28 homers and 93 RBI’s.    


Some Obituaries - November 18, 1982

Passing - Catherine Mackin (43) - ABC news correspondent of cancer.

Dies - Rev. Grady Nutt (47) - the “prime minister’ of humor on TV’s “Hee Haw” - in a small plane crash.  


Best-selling boosk - November 18, 1982

 “Space” - James A. Michener, “Mistral’s Daughter” - Judith Krantz, “Master Of The Game” - Sidney Sheldon, “The E.T. Storybook” - William Kotzwinkle, “Life Extension” - Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, “And More By Andy Rooney” - Andy Rooney, “Having It All: Love, Success, Sex, Money” - Helen Gurley Brown, “Jane Fonda’s Workout Book” - Jane Fonda. 


Radio news – November 18, 1982

ABC Talkradio now has 44 affiliates. The latest include WIND Chicago and WFAA Dallas.

KOST Los Angeles names Jhani Kaye as program director as the beautiful music station makes the switch to adult contemporary this week.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 18, 1982

 60 Minutes (28.0), MASH (26.3), special-The Blue and The Gray - part 2 (25.7), Love Boat (25.2), Dallas (25.1) special - The Blue and the Gray part 3 (24.9), Newhart (24.2), Magnum PI (22.5), Gloria (22.0), TheJeffersons (21.7), Three’s Company (21.60, movie-Escape From Alcatraz (21.3), One Day At A Time (20,7), Archie Bunker’s Place (20.7), Falcon Crest (20.4), 9 to 5 (19.8), Laverne & Shirley (19.7), Dynasty (19.6), Trapper John MD (19.5), Happy Days (19.4), Fantasy Island (29.3), Monday Night Football (19.10, Hill Street Blues (19.1), That’s Incredible (18.8), Simon & Simon (18.6).


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 18, 1982

CBS - Square Pegs, Private Benjamin, MASH, Newhart, Cagney & Lacey ... NBC - Little House: A New Beginning, Movie ... ABC -  That’s Incredible, Monday Night Football (reversed on west coast).


NBC Movie - “A Day For Thanks on Waltons Mountain” (1982) - Ralph Waite, Kami Cotier, Judy Norton-Taylor

On That’s Incredible - featured is a man who lights bulbs, cooks hotdogs and welds underwater with electricity from his body.  

Seven-year-old Drew Barrymore is the guest host of “Saturday Night Live” this week. She plays Gertie in the movie “E.T.”


Music news – November 18, 1982

Video games meet rock ‘n’ roll in January with the release of “Journey’s Escape,” a tie-in between the band and Data Age, a fledgling games software firm. The Atari-compatible cartridge listing at $34.95 will be supported by a multi-million dollar ad campaign.

The IRS label has developed its own hour-long television series for MTV called “The IRS Show.”  The program will couple performances and artist interview with segments on such related topics as regional music scenes and industry news. It’s already aired once.

CBS is seeking to block sales of MCA’s storybook album of “E.T. – The Extraterrestrial” featuring narration and vocal performance by Michael Jackson – an Epic artist. CBS claims that MCA interfered with its contractual relationship with Jackson, noting that while the artist was allowed to record a song (“Someone in the Dark”) for inclusion in the “E.T.” Storybook, this was on condition that the package not be marketed before Christmas and that Jackson’s performance not be released as a single. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 18 1982

 “Truly” - Lionel Ritchie, “Up Where We Belong” - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, “Gloria” - Laura Branigan, “Heart Attack” - Olivia Newton-John, “Heartlight” - Neil Diamond, “Steppin’ Out” - Joe Jackson, “Mickey” - Toni Brasil, “Maneater” - Hall & Oates, “This Girl Is Mine” - Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, “Muscles” - Diana Ross, “Rock This Town” - Stray Cats, “It’s Raining Again” - Supertramp, “Nobody” - Sylvia, “Southern Cross” - Crosby, Stills & Nash, “Pressure” - Billy Joel, “Shadows Of The Night” - Pat Benatar “I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)” Donald Fagen


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 18, 1982

“War Is Hell (On The Homefront Too)” - T.G. Shepard, “Heartbroke” - Ricky Skaggs, “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy” - Janie Fricke


Top pop music albums – November 18, 1982

Business As Usual – Men At Work

Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen

Mirage – Fleetwood Mac

Night and Day – Joe Jackson

Built for Speed – stray Cats

 Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie

It’s Hard – The Who

The Nylon Curtain- Billy Joel

American Fool – John Cougar

Signals – rush

Heartlight – Neil Diamond

Combat Rock – The Clash

Famous Last Words – Supertramp

The Nightfly – Donald Fagen

Daylight Again – Crosby, Stills and Nash

H2O – Hall & Oates

Screaming for Vengeance

Judas Priest

Olivia’s Greatest Hits – Olivia Newton John

I Can’t Stand Still – Don Henley

A Flock Of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls

Emotions in Motion – Billy Squier

Asia – Asia

Forever, for Always, for Love – Luther Vandross

Eye in the Sky – Alan Parsons Project

If That’s What It Takes – Michael McDonald


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – November 18, 1982

Heartbreaker – Dionne Warwick

 I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

Mad World – Tears For Fears

Ooh La La La (Let’s Go Dancin) – Kool & The Gang

The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney

Starmaker – Kids from Fame

I Wanna Do It With You – Barry Manilow

Maneater – Hall & Oates

Theme From Harry’s Game – Clannad


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 18, 1982

War Is Hell On The Homefront – T.G. Shepard

Ever, Never Lovin’ You – Ed Bruce

It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy – Janie Fricke

You & I – Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle

Sure Feels Like Love – Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band

Heartbroke – Ricky Skaggs

Step Back – Ronnie McDowell

Redneck Girl – Bellamy Brothers

Break it To Me Gently – Juice Newton

Somewhere Between Right And Wrong – Earl Thomas Conley


Hot Rock Album Music Tracks – November 18, 1982

Shadows of the Night – Pat Benatar

Dirty Laundry – Don Henley

Rock This Town – Stray Cats

Eminence Front – The Who

You Got Lucky – Tom Petty

Down Under – Men at Work

On The Loose – Saga

Rock the Casbah – The Clash

Industrial disease – Dire straits

Slipped, Tripped, Fell in Love - Foghat


Top movies – November 18, 1982

E. T. The Extra Terrestrial

First Blood - Sylvester Stallone

An Officer and & Gentlemen  - Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr.

The Last Unicorn

Bugs Bunny’s “1001 Rabbit Tales”

Heidi’s Song - featuring the voices of Lorne Green, Sammy Davis Jr., Margery Gray

The Empire Strikes Back - Harrison Ford

American Werewolf In London


Still Of The Night - Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep

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